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UKHospitality urges Treasury action amid “economic long covid” fears

Crisis to leave lasting legacy without more support and timely lifting of restrictions Giving evidence to the House of Commons Treasury Committee hearing on Monday, UKHospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls, highlighted the need for further Government support for the sector, which remains unable to trade profitably under current restrictions. She highlighted that thousands of hospitality businesses are all in jeopardy due to months of enforced closure, more than a year of strict trading conditions and ongoing uncertainty. The hospitality sector has lost more than £87bn over the last year, leaving businesses…

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UK’s smallest cinema forced to stay shut despite coronavirus restrictions easing

A tiny cinema within a caravan has been forced to keep its doors shut due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The cinema’s projectionist, Paul O’Connor, who currently lives in Swansea, Wales, says that it is impossible to social distance in Sol Cinema and they hadn’t factored a pandemic into designs when creating it. The compact cinema is within a three berth caravan and can sit up to eight adults or 16 children, meaning that following any social distancing is virtually impossible and that the quirky picture house has to remain…

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Hospitality sector ‘facing jobs crisis’ despite rise in vacancies

Recent research by RSM showcased that the number of new job vacancies in the hospitality sector rose by 46% in the last two weeks The hospitality sector is currently “facing a jobs crisis” that threatens to hold back its recovery, according to PaulNewman, head of leisure and hospitality at RSM.  In a statement, which comes one week after venues resumed indoor trading, Newman called on the government to consider the “relaxation of visa barriers” – after Brexit/Covid-19 has reduced the pool of foreign-born workers by almost one million – “acutely…

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